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Governance Coordinator

Tripoli (Libya)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Tripoli (Libya)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-08

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BACKGROUND:
TheInternational rescue Committee (IRC) has been one of the largest providers of aid in Libya since 2016. The IRC continues to provide lifesaving support to vulnerable Libyans and migrants in hard-to-reach areas. As Libya struggles to build a lasting peace, we are focusing our efforts in Tripoli and Misrata with a presence in Sirte, Bani Walid, and Tawergha.
PROJECT SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES:
IRC is seeking a Governance Coordinator for a USAID funded project designed promote peace and reconciliation at the community level in the cities of Misrata, Bani Walid, and Tawergha. The project will incorporate a people-to-people approach and empower youth to advance peace, stability, and dialogue through organized groups, civic participation, positive media, and localized peace projects.  The project will enable youth groups of each city to work with municipal councils and other relevant actors to promote peace processes, reconciliation, and peaceful co-existence. Activities will mitigate conflicts from escalating by providing targeted support to peace actors, community-level leaders/groups and influencers, and constituent-responsive authorities who are engaged in, or wish to be engaged in, peace-building, conflict mitigation, and reconciliation. 
THE GOVERNANCE COORDINATOR (GC) POSITION:
The IRC is seeking a dynamic Governance Coordinator that will provide overall leadership and oversight for the proposed project, for both technical and operational implementation, under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Programs of the IRC Libya office. She/he will be responsible for ensuring that the proposed project is implemented in accordance with the cooperative agreement, USAID regulations, and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The Coordinator is the chief representative for the project with all key stakeholders, including local partners, government officials, and donors. She/he will ensure that project initiatives adequately address the needs of the targeted people and communities in the most cost-effective manner. He/She will also ensure to coordinate and align project activities with other related initiatives in the targeted area. The Coordinator will also benefit from the support of the IRC’s global Governance Technical Unit and that of the Violence Prevention and Response Unit in order to ensure the effective and contextually adapted design and implementation of the project.
Main Responsibilities
Program Strategy 
•Provide strategic leadership and direction, define and implement activities in accordance with the cooperative agreement to achieve the greatest coverage and impact possible;
•Develop and review, in coordination with key project staff, the overall program strategy and the yearly work and performance plans 
•Maintain an ongoing dialogue with USAID, including reporting to USAID through both formal and informal debriefings, as well as periodic reports;
•Maintain solid cooperation with partner organizations, government officials and IRC management and colleagues;
•Pursue business development opportunities in Libya related to social accountability, peacebuilding, and systems strengthening. 
•Work with IRC Libya Coordinators to support a partnership approach to IRC Libya programming throughout the country. 
Program Management & Reporting 
•Ensure projects deliverables and activities are of high quality, meet humanitarian standards, mainstream protection, align with IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework, and respond to community feedback;
•Liaise with Technical Unit advisors to ensure relevant support, tools and resources are being provided and integrated into programming;
•Ensure close alignment and coherence with IRC country, regional and global strategy as well as with exsiting IRC Libya programs;
•Proactively identify, assess, monitor and implement measures to reduce or control risks that may impact program delivery, quality or compliance;
Grants Management
•In collaboration with program, finance, HR and Supply Chain departments, ensure smooth management, implementation, integration and compliance of project work plans and budgets (budget forecasting, spending plans, procurement plans and expenditure), with best use of resources across activities and delivering on time, to scope and within budget;
•Through direct liaison with the Supply Chain Coordinator, ensure timely procurement of supplies and materials in compliance with donor and IRC rules and regulations through timely planning, specifications development and collaborative relations with Supply Chain colleagues;
•Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met, that reports are of a high quality and are submitted on time;
•Manage the overall project and closely monitor implementation to ensure all activities are delivered according to plans, and that when delays and problems occur remedial actions are identified and undertaken;
•Work with all key staff and partners to identify technical and organizational assistance needs and ensure the adequate planning and effective provision of this assistance;
•Oversee the project management team, including technical and operational staff, and evaluate project staff performance;
Staff Management & Development
•Plan, organize, recruit, supervise and develop the team and individuals needed to achieve program goals and maximize national ownership and leadership;
•Ensure that capacity development plans are in place for all teams;
•Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance;
•Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and providing documented annual and mid-year performance reviews;
•Provide constructive feedback and effective management to direct reports, and empower them to manage the national teams by ensuring HR policies are rolled out and enforced; 
•Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage;
•Offer leadership support for successful adherence by staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures;
Coordination and Representation
•Attend relevant coordination forums inside Libya;
•Forge connections with counterparts including INGO, Local NGO, governmental and other non-governmental stakeholders; 
•Collaborate closely with other program departments in order to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from training best practice;   
•Identify, monitor and report unmet needs. Explore the potential of the IRC to address those needs within the parameters of the Strategic Action Plan and sector priorities;
Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to: directly reports to Deputy Director of Programs 
Indirect Reporting: n/a
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Grants Coordinator, Health Coordinator, Health Systems Strenghtening Coordinator, Integrated Protection Coordinator, Partnership Coordinator, M&E Coordinator, HR Coordinator, Supply Chain Coordinator, Deputy Director for Finance, Deputy Director for Operations, Satefy and Access Coordinaotor, Country Director. 
External: Coordination forums in Tripoli, INGOs/NGOs, Libyan authorities 
Job Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
•Graduate university degree in peace-building/conflict management, political science, international development, business administration, or other related field;
•Minimum five (5) years of relevant professional experience managing and implementing peace-building and conflict management projects, experience in Libya preferred;
•Strong leadership and supervision skills, experience managing staff working in locations affected by conflict;
•Strong project management skills, including human resource and financial management;
•Strong experience in conflict sensitivity, protection mainstreaming, and maintaining project adherence to Do No Harm
•Demonstrated ability to engage and partner with communities, civil society organizations, government representatives, donors and other stakeholders;
•Solid experience with community empowerment programming, including community driven development or other participatory development processes;
•Strong knowledge of context and conflict analysis;
•Good diplomatic and negotiation skills;
•Previous experience managing USAID-funded programs, especially implementing people-to-people approaches;
•Experience with gender-sensitive programming and implementation; 
•Strong computer skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Outlook); 
•Strong verbal and written communication skills in English

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